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Acoustifence® Installed at Coca-Cola Plant Cuts Industrial Noise

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 @ 01:55 PM

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Above left: Crew installs Acoustifence at Coca Cola plant in Bay City, Michigan. Above right: Completed noise barrier berm featuring Acoustifence.

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After installation of Acoustifence, decibel readings at the Coca Cola plant dropped from 89 to 68 decibels (left); and at the adjacent residence, dropped to 42.9 decibels (right)

BAY CITY, Michigan, January 12, 2012 – Coca-Cola has completed installation of Acoustifence® noise barrier fencing along the west perimeter of its Bay City plant, bringing to an abrupt halt those noise issues that had been plaguing neighbors in the surrounding community and attracting local news organizations as the outcry from area residents grew.

Architect Jack Zelazny of Dearborn, Michigan, acting as a consultant to Coca Cola’s contractor Kirco Manix, chose Acoustifence noise barrier fencing for the core of the 300-foot wide noise barrier project designed to alleviate noise from idling delivery trucks at the plant that had been plaguing neighbors in the South End Community.

Zelazny said the initial plan was to construct a 30-foot acoustical metal fence along the perimeter roadway to address the problem, but he nixed the idea in favor of something significantly less expensive and more aesthetically pleasing and to the community’s residents.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate for the neighbors to have to stare at a 30-foot industrial metal fence from their small residential yards,” Zelazny said. “I really wanted to find something more organic and natural.”

After researching sound barrier fencing options, he found Acoustifence, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa Florida, and discussed his options with acoustical consultant Paul Getts of Acoustiblok.  After conferring with Getts, Zelazny moved ahead with construction of a grass covered, 300-foot wide berm that incorporated a nine foot high Acoustifence barrier and landscaping for an attractive roadside aesthetic. The project was completed in the final weeks of December, and both company officials and neighbors rang in the New Year with their new found peace and quiet.

“The Acoustifence went up flawlessly, and it’s not unpleasant to look at,” Zelazny said. “When we covered it with the dark green acoustical fabric covering, it looked natural and organic, as we had hoped.

“But the real surprise was the immediate impact it had on the noise.”

Zelazny said the plant noise measured at 89 decibels before installation of the Acoustifence began, and registered at 68 decibels immediately after the Acoustifence went up. His hope was to lower the noise by 20 decibels, a figure that was exceeded at the plant, and more than doubled at the neighboring residence as soon as the Acoustifence was put in place. A reading taken at the adjacent residential property registered in the low to mid 40 decibel range.  

“It exceeded my expectations, I think it exceeded everyone’s expectations,” he said. “The people at Coca Cola are happy with it, and most importantly the neighbors in the surrounding community are happy with it.

“I couldn’t speak more highly of it.”

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., said that the application of Acoustifence in the bottling plant’s noise barrier berm was the soft drink company’s best alternative for significantly reducing noise, and respecting the surrounding community’s call for peace and quiet.

“I think Coca Cola acted quickly and responded to the area’s residents as a good corporate neighbor should,” Johnson said. “It’s particularly important that they sought out a serious noise blocking option while respecting the fact that neighboring residents 

would be living with whatever solution they chose, and viewing it every day – some from their own back yards.”

Acoustifence was designed to address outdoor noise pollution in residential communities, or any community that cares about its appearance.”

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:

Originally developed as a noise barrier on loud offshore oil rigs, Acoustifence is a simple and economical first-step noise abatement solution for both residential and commercial usage.

A 1/8-inch (3mm) thick unique sound deadening material measuring 6-feet (1.82 meters) high by 30-feet (9.14 meters) long with black anodized brass eyelets along the top and bottom edge for easy attachment to any existing fence or structure.  Heavy-duty nylon ties are included with each roll. Easily installed or removed in less than one hour, impervious to mold, mildew, and UV, Acoustifence is virtually indestructible. The soundproofing material in Acoustifence is a proprietary formula of the Acoustiblok Corporation, developed and refined over a 10-year period.

Acoustiblok is recognized and sold worldwide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, as well as being one of NASA’s Top 49 Spinoff companies.

Acoustifence has proven performance in highway and high speed rail environments, construction sites, and industrial plants, and can accommodate any height fence or structure by simply overlapping the sections. To store, Acoustifence sections simply roll up like carpet. Independent lab tests of the Acoustifence material show a sound transmission classification (STC) of 28, which represents to the human ear an approximately 85-percent reduction in sound. However, results will be less, relative to surrounding sound reflective objects such as buildings or trees and the amount of Acoustifence installed.

For more information on Acoustifence, visit the Acoustiblok website, email [email protected], or call 813.980.1400.

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Acoustiblok Names Mac Cooper Director of Marine Engineering

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 @ 11:23 AM

Mac Cooper director of marine engineering for Acoustiblok

Acoustiblok, a leader in indoor and outdoor sound abatement and noise barrier solutions for more than a decade has named Mac Cooper to oversee and offer expert consultation on the marine application division of the company’s sound deadening products.

TAMPA, Florida, July 11, 2011 -- Acoustiblok President and founder Lahnie Johnson has named Mac Cooper Director of Marine Engineering. Cooper will be responsible for developing and overseeing Acoustiblok’s and Thermablok’s growing marine applications division, particularly providing innovative solutions to noise and thermal problems for boat owners and builders.

Cooper, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, has been a resident of Tampa since 2004. Prior to joining the Acoustiblok team, Cooper is the owner and designer for Dream Line Yacht / Product Design in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2008 to 2011, and an engineer/designer for Lazzara Yachts in Tampa from 2004 to 2008.

Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial / Product Design, from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. 

Acoustiblok’s quality noise abatement products, available internationally since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders and consumers.  

About Acoustiblok:                                                                                                                                         Acoustiblok is a proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high density mineral content, heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the Acoustiblok material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is transformed into inaudible friction energy.

Just one, 1/8- inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall will result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead, asbestos, or barium, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold.

Acoustiblok is UL classified, recognized, and sold in more than 50 countries. Acoustiblok received first place product awards from the British House of Commons, and was named Builder News Magazine’s Product of the Year. The company was named in NASA’s annual list of top 49 Spin-Off companies for its use of aerogel technology in its Thermablok insulating strips.

For more information about Acoustiblok® products, call (813) 980-1400 or e-mail [email protected]

 

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Acoustiblok Noise Reduction Material Gains New Following: Boat Owners

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 @ 12:57 PM

Yamaha SX230
By applying Acoustiblok’s 3mm noise deadening material to the noise source – the engine wall, engine cover and gas tank cover, one Yamaha SX230 (pictured) boat owner reduced unwanted noise on his boat by more than 65-percent.

CINCINNATI, Ohio, June 10, 2011 – Summer is here, and, boating enthusiasts everywhere are flocking to the waterways, ready for some relaxing fun in the sun and waves. The idyllic vision of lazy days spent cruising on the water are often met with the unexpected reality of engine noise so loud, conversation becomes impossible and the noise itself becomes an assault on the senses, not to mention the impact on wildlife and local residents living within earshot of the waterfront.

Cincinnati residents Roy and Chris Emerson couldn’t wait to hit the water last August in their newly purchased 2007 Yamaha SX230, a 320-horsepower, 23-foot, high output designed for luxury and performance, the perfect craft for spending a comfortable day on Brookville Lake in Cincinnati. What the Emersons didn’t realize until after they launched was the unbearable noise emanating from the boat’s dual engines, a high decibel whine that resonated up through the cabin floor area. The Emersons had to shout in order to carry on a conversation, and the relentless blare cut seriously into the couple’s enjoyment.

The thrill of spending recreational time on the water quickly turned sour. “My wife said she didn’t know if she could deal with the noise,” Emerson said. Since the Emersons bought their boat late in the summer, Roy Emerson had the entire winter to research noise reduction options for marine applications.

“I belong to a group of Yamaha jet boaters, and I asked some of the other members if they had found any noise reduction material that worked,” Emerson said.

“Almost everyone who had tried one solution or another told me they were disappointed with the results, but one guy had used Acoustiblok on the sides of the engine wall, and he said it worked great.

“It was the only noise reduction product that anyone could tell me worked on boats, so I decided I had to try it.”

Emerson purchased the 3mm Acoustiblok material with the help of Acoustiblok sales consultant Paul Getts. Emerson custom measured, cut, and applied the material himself to the sides of the engine wall, the top of the engine cover, and the large cover that fit over the gas tank area. 

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Engine cover before and after Acoustiblok installation

The result, Emerson said, is a boat so quiet, he and his wife can talk, relax, and enjoy their weekend boating getaways without the rattle, roar, and reverberation that had severely detracted from the enjoyment of their boating experience and caused them to second-guess their choice of recreation.

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Fuel tank cover before and after Acoustiblok application

Emerson completed the project just in time to enjoy the entire summer cruising and relaxing on the waters of Brookville Lake and Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky, two of the couple’s favorite boating spots.

“The change was immediate,” Emerson said of the couple’s first trip out on the boat after the Acoustiblok installation. “Now we’re experiencing the fun and recreational boating lifestyle we envisioned when we first decided to buy the boat.”

For more information or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, visit the website at www.Acoustiblok.com, call 813.980.1400, or e-mail [email protected].

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Paul Getts Named Sales Associate for Acoustiblok, Inc.

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, May 3, 2011 @ 02:15 PM

Paul Getts named new sales associate

TAMPA, Fla. (USA), May 3, 2011 – Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., has named Paul Getts as the company’s newest sales associate.

Getts, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana has lived in Florida for more than 30 years, and in Tampa for the past three years. Prior to joining the Acoustiblok sales team, Getts  was a statewide outside sales rep for Tampa-based All Solar Power, and a factory rep for both Seabridge Bathing and Aquassure Bathing, which provide bathing products for the disabled.

Getts studied Art and Design at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

 

About Acoustiblok:

Acoustiblok’s quality noise abatement products, available internationally since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders and consumers. Acoustiblok is a proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high density mineral content, heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the Acoustiblok material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is dissipated into undetectable trace amounts of heat.

Just one, 1/8- inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall will result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold.

Acoustiblok is UL rated and classified for virtually all wall, floor and ceiling installations.  Acoustiblok was named Builder News Magazine’s 2009 Product of the Year.

For more information about Acoustiblok® products, call (813) 980-1400 or e-mail [email protected].

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Acoustiblok, Inc. Launches QuietFiber, a DIY Noise Reduction Solution

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 @ 04:21 PM

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TAMPA, FLA. (USA), March 24, 2011Acoustiblok, Inc. has launched a do-it-yourself sound reduction product, Quiet Fiber®, the newest of Acoustiblok’s award-winning sound abatement offerings.

What makes QuietFiber unique among Acoustiblok’s range of sound deadening products is its ease of installation; no tearing down drywall, no hiring contractors. In fact, all that is needed is a serrated knife, a glue gun, and (if you want to camouflage the product) remnant fabric, which can easily be wrapped around the QuietFiber and hot-glued in place.

In today’s world of hard surface tile, stone and wood interiors of homes and restaurants, interior noise can be especially problematic. The only solution to this is adding as much sound absorbing material into the room as possible; adding area rugs and heavy drapes rarely delivers any serious level of sound dampening or noise control.

High sound absorbency QuietFiber, can be installed anywhere in the home, a restaurant, or other space that needs a non-invasive DIY interior noise fix. Once cut to size, the product can be concealed almost anywhere, secured in place by nothing more than a hot glue gun.

QuietFiber can be cut to size to fit underneath cabinets, countertops, tables, chairs, or behind a wall tapestry. Slide a QuietFiber “pillow” on top of a cabinet, or anywhere else that noise is a problem and aesthetics are a must.

QuietFiber is a material designed to absorb the maximum amount of sound. Fireproof, totally hydrophobic (will not absorb water or moisture), non-deteriorating, mold and mildew-proof, Acoustiblok offers a lifetime warranty on this product.

“You can install it anywhere, it’s an easy DIY project that provides the kind of sound attenuation that most of us demand, whether we are eating a meal in a restaurant or in your own kitchen,” says Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc.

QuietFiber is UL fire rated for floor, wall and ceiling applications, 100-percent recyclable and 100-percent made in the U.S.A

For more information on QuietFiber® visit the Acoustiblok website at www.acoustiblok.com, send an E-mail to [email protected], or call 813.980.1400.

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